The outstanding unbeaten dominance shown by the defending
champions Gunjur could have only been complemented by adding a super cup title,
but those dreams were left in ruins, as Brikama thrashed them 3 - 0 in the
Super Cup of the West Coast Region Zonal Championship to put an end to their
dominance, at a jam-packed Boxbar mini-stadium.
Gunjur made a bright start and forced Brikama into conceding a penalty within two minutes as Brikama's goalkeeper Ebrima Fadera was penalised for a foul on Babucarr Bojang, but the goalkeeper make amends for his error to save Babucarr Bojang's penalty and also a follow-up strike.
Brikama then opened the scoring from the resulting attack as the prolific Saikou Ceesay poked home a rebound after the Gunjur custodian Ousman Touray parried a cross to his path.
In their efforts to restore parity before the break, Gunjur's Baba Colley had a header ricochet the crossbar and Celestin Jatta also had a goal-bound header, headed out by a Brikama defender on the goal line as Brikama headed into the interval with a slender advantage.
Whatever Brikama was told during the halftime team talk, was executed by the players as they add to their lead within a minute after the restart - when diminutive Bubacarr Sanneh fired home a screamer to draw wild celebrations from the home crowd.
Even with that 2 - 0 lead, it appears Brikama did not have Gunjur their way, and they duly added a third goal to brush aside any hopes of a Gunjur comeback. It was the diminutive Babucarr Sanneh again who orchestrated a destructive Brikama attack down the right where he exchanged passes before sneaking into the box to fire a shot out of the reach of the rushing Gunjur goalkeeper for his second goal, and Brikama's third. That sealed a comfortable 3 - 0 win over the champions Gunjur, much to the disbelief of their traveling supporters and to the delight of home supporters.
The 'our land our cup' chants before and during the game by the Brikama supporters, ultimately turned into reality as Brikama clinched the super cup to serve notice to the rest of the teams about their title ambitions.
Up against a gritty and physically powerful side, Gunjur were not just beaten, they were torn apart, ripped to pieces by a Brikama side blend with young talented, and experienced players. Whether Brikama will be able to show a performance like this in their away fixtures, is a question for another day, but, they have shown it in front of their home supporters in this Super Cup, against a side they have not beaten in their last four meetings, only managing a single draw.
Brikama did not deserve to be in the Super Cup after finishing 4th in last season's campaign, but they deserve this victory against Gunjur. They were selected to play in the Super Cup after the runners Sanyang confirm their participation lately and Brikama took advantage of the rare opportunity coupled with home support to inflict heavy revenge on Gunjur, a side that thrashed them 6 - 2 on aggregate in the semi-finals en route to this stage.
If the performance of Gunjur last season make people believe that a title defense is a possibility for the Kombo South giants, this scoreline against a purposeful Brikama side will cast doubts over those beliefs.
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Wrestling fans will be treated to what pundits believe to be an intriguing encounter on Sunday 13th November as Yaya Jammeh of club Gambia Police Force and Flex of club Tallinding Japoo size up at the Serekunda West Mini Stadium. The two Gambian heavyweights will fight to claim the Fabakary Tomboung Jatta (FJT) Speaker of the Gambia's National Assemblyflag. Flex will be looking to build on his surprising victory over Boga last season. The Tallinding-based wrestler returned from a two-year sabbatical. Yaya Jammeh a Police Officer also triumphed over Manduwarr in his last bout. The Sanyang-based wrestler will be looking to continue his winning run.The event organised by Gumbo Gaye Promotion will feature other bouts as Bala Niamina of club Abuko Mbolo takes on Buwassor of club Nema Mbolo, Boy Gaye of club Ama Academy battles with Papa Sowe of club Kotu Mbolo, Modou Gadai of club New Jeshwang Mbolo wrestles with Malam Niani of club Tallinding United, Bebe Gineh and Koche Barma of club Tanji Mbolo faceoff, Bulfaleh of club Brikama Mbolo fights with Bebe London of club Serekunda Gom Sa Rew, CFA of club Tallinding Japoo wrestles with Kartus of Feke Masi Boleh while Scorpion of club Jeff Jel battles it out with Volume of club Ebo Town Mbolo. Elsewhere, Findiferr of club Nema Saku Ham will take on Kani Bu Sew in the traditional freestyle (roffo) and Artist of club Ndungu Kebbeh takes on American of club Terminal Mbolo. There will also be bouts that will feature comedians to entertain the crowd before the start of the proper combats.
A goal from Saikou Ceesay and a brace from Babucarr Sanneh helped Brikama register a resounding 3 - 0 win against defending champions Gunjur in the Super Cup of the second edition of the West Coast Region Zonal Championship.The game at Boxbar mini-stadium attracted a massive crowd which included Bakary Badjie the Minister for Youth and Sports and many other dignitaries and veterans from within and beyond West Coast Region. The two sides played highly entertaining football in front of vociferous supporters. Gunjur had a penalty saved by the Brikama goalkeeper within the opening 2 minutes and the home side rejoiced as they scored three unanswered goals to clinch the season’s opener at the expense of Gunjur, who won the first edition unbeaten.Brikama was decorated with a trophy, gold medals, and a cash prize of D15,000 while Gunjur pocketed D10, 000 with Silver medals.Eight zones (teams) will compete in this second edition of the WCR Zonal Champions. The teams are divided into two groups where they will play in a round-robin with the top two in each group advancing to the semi-finals.Group A Group BSanyang GunjurBrufut Brikama Kombo Central II COSDALamin FABY
The Scorpions of the Gambia will travel to Turkey during the pre-2022 FIFA World Cup window of November 14 - 20 for a training camp. During the camp in Antalya, The Gambia national team will play against the Democratic Republic of Congo on 17th November in the first friendly game before taking on Liberia on November 20th. The Gambia’s coach Tom Saintfiet is set to select 23 players for the training camp. This will serve as a preparation for the Scorpions ahead of their double-legged tie with Mali in the AFCON 2023 Qualifiers in March.
Reug Reug defied the odds to beat Jobis in a nail-biting grand combat on Sunday 23rd October 2022 at the Serekunda West Mini Stadium. The fight was organised by WRG Promotion.Reug Reug of club Tallinding Japoo survived a barrage of punches from Jobis of club Ebo Town Mbolo and won the Hon. Babucarr Mansally flag. The bout began with an array of punches and the crowd loved it from the start. Reug Reug finally turns the contest on its head just under the three-minute mark, by spectacularly wrestling down Jobis to the ground. Meanwhile, Tapha Tine of club Mara needed a little over a minute in defeating Armeh of club Sanchaba Ham Sa Chossan to claim the flag named after Jam Promotion. Elsewhere, Boy Faal of Brikama Mbolo wrestle down Quence of club Bundung Kai Bakh to win the flag named after Queen Jose while Bebe Biram was declared the winner against Seri Boy of club Tallinding United. Bebe General of club Nema Saku Ham defeated Jel of club Banjul Japoo to win the flag named after MC Cham Junior and Pa Mamadi Jabour respectively.In freestyle (mbapat) bouts; Arsenal of club Sanchaba Ham Sa Chossan lost through a warning to Express, Tapha Tine of club Bara defeated Bebe Nyolo of club Yundum Mbolo, Yareh of club Serekunda Mbolo defeated Bebe Chart of Paradise Mbolo while Reug Reug of club Saloum Mbolo wrestles down Tassayaram of club Sukutankulu. The event attracted a record crowd including the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Bakay Y Badjie, his DPS Musa Mbye, KMC Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensuda, Hon. Babucarr Mansally, GWA President Serign Modou Faye.
The Kanifing Municipal Council male football team has once again shown quality and resistance as they defeated the Gambia Police Force in the final to defend the National Interdepartmental Sports Association championship for the second time in a row.The Municipal boys first opened the scores when Babucarr Mansally converted a penalty.KMC were on course to win it until in the last minute of the additional time when the Police grabbed a dramatic last-gasp equaliser. Yaya Jassey scrambled home from a crowded 6-yard box and send the game into a post-match penalty shootout. The police departmental football had two of their shots saved. KMC goalkeeper Abdoulie Gaye, was the hero, as he scored the winning penalty to earn KMC a 5 - 4 win in the shootout.A power dynamic in NISA Championship, KMC are making steady progress in football development at the council. As winners, KMC were handed the title which was donated by Police Commissioner Lamin King Colley, and twelve thousand dalasi, while the Police received a consolation of ten thousand dalasi. Talib Ahmed Bensouda the Mayor of KMC pledged to add fifty thousand dalasi to the runners up prize for the Police. Organisers say both KMC and the Police will travel to Senegal, to play against the winners and runners of Senegal in the departmental fitness football championship.
The Gambia Wrestling Association 2022-2023 wrestling season is set to start in a spectacular fashion with Reug Reug battling with Jobis while Armeh and Tapha Tine square up in a 9 bout contest. The event is organised by WRG Promotion on Sunday 23rd October 2022, at the Serekunda West Mini Stadium. Reug Reug of club Tallinding Japoo is on a seven combat unbeaten run. He will however face an uphill task against a more experienced Jobis of club Ebo Town Mbolo who also won his last two bouts. Meanwhile, Armeh of club Sanchaba Ham Sa Chossan and Tapha Tine of club Mara will wrestle in a mouthwatering special combat. Armeh in his last combat, defeated Lionuwar a close friend of Tapha Tine while Tapha Tine also once defeated Armeh's mentor Big Show.Elsewhere, Boy Faal of club Brikama Mbolo will entertain Quence of club Bundung Kai Bakh, Seri Boy of club Tallinding United and Bebe Biram of club Jeff Jel will lock horns while Bebe General of club Nema Saku Ham ham takes on Jeff Jel of club Banjul Japoo to complete the wrestling with blows bouts "borey dorr".In the traditional free style wrestling popularly called mbapat, Arsenal 2 of club Sanchaba Ham Sa Chossan will take on Express of club Feke Masi Boleh, Tapha Tine of club Bara will face Bebe Nyolo of club Yundum Mbolo, Bebe Chat of club Paradise Mbolo entertain Yareh of club Serekunda Mbolo and finally Reug Reug of club Saloum Mbolo and Tassayaram of Sukutankulu will faceoff in the day's first combat.The event is expected to attract hundreds of fans, wrestling enthusiasts and some high profile dignitaries.
President Adama Barrow on Friday received the Executive Committee of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) at the State House. The GFF was at State House to introduce its new leadership to the Gambian leader. The GFF delegation included its President Lamin Kaba Bajo, the Vice Presidents, and Executive committee members. The meeting came barely a month after the new executive secured another four-year mandate to run the affairs of football in the countryPresident Barrow congratulated them for securing a new mandate and encouraged the GFF leadership to remain committed to the development of football in the country. He promised the government’s continued financial support for football. The GFF thanked the government for its support of football, which they said helped the Gambia qualify for the first time to the African Cup of Nations.
The Gambia U23 failed to qualify for AFCON after losing 2-1 to Burkina Faso in Marrakech, Morocco. The Scorpions won the first game 1-0 advantage but lost the second leg and despite finishing the tie 2-2 on aggregate, Burkina Faso advanced to the next round on the away goal rule.
Gambia U-23 beat Burkina Faso 1-0 away in their 2023 AFCON qualifiers in Cotonou on Wednesday. Momodou Bojang scored the lone goal from the penalty spot in the second half after Lamin Jarjou was fouled in the penalty area. The Gambia will play host in the return leg on September 27th in Marrakech, Morocco. The winner will take on Senegal in the next stage.
A 24-man Gambia U-23 squad left the Gambia on Monday to compete in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Gambia will play two matches against Burkina Faso on September 21 and 27 in Benin and in Morocco respectively. Coach Abdou Jammeh has included 12 foreign-based players in his squad. The team left Banjul for Cotonou where Burkina Faso’s home leg would be played.